The combined St Andrew’s College and DSG 1st Tennis teams attended the Selborne/Clarendon Mixed Doubles Tournament in East London over half term. This year’s event saw arguably five of the strongest teams in the province take part, which meant every match would be a great test for our players.
College and DSG started their campaign against a strong Grey/Collegiate side and achieved their best result against them, tying up the singles 6-6 and going down by only one match in the mixed doubles, for a final score of 18-21.
That narrow loss gave our players great confidence and it showed in their performance against Pearson. St Andrew’s College beat their Pearson counterparts 5-1 in the singles, with Dylan Marx and Ignus Potgieter winning against current EP U19 players, and Robbie Houghton taking down a former EP player. The mixed doubles was a tight affair and College/DSG prevailed 8-6 to complete a memorable 22-16 victory. They lost to the same side 9-15 two weeks ago.
The match against Selborne/Clarendon would once again prove to be the toughest of the tournament. However, our players fought until the bitter end and managed to record their highest score against the hosts in several years.
College/DSG then played determined tennis, taking maximum points against Kingswood and enough against Merrifield to secure a tight finish towards the end of the tournament.
At the end of play, College/DSG came 3rd behind Selborne/Clarendon and Grey/Collegiate, and can be extremely pleased with this performance. Our teams fared better against the top teams in the province at this event, and the teams spirit and camaraderie were fantastic.
Some standout performances were:
Ryan Stoddart was named best Nr. 5 at the tournament, winning all his singles matches.
James Sparks won all his singles matches.
Dylan Bowker won 4 out of 5 and Nic Rogan won 3 of out 4 singles matches.
The captains of both College/DSG lead by example and can be extremely happy with their team’s performance and behaviour on and off the court.
Well done to all the tennis players on a great effort and a commendable result!